Varagaliar elephant camp in India


Varagaliar elephant camp
Typecamp
Founded1956
First elephant arrived1956
AddressTopslip
Zip-code642105
PlacePollachi
StateTamil Nadu
CountryIndia
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Varagaliar elephant camp is located at Topslip, in Pollachi, India

At Varagaliar elephant camp lives 5 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. unknown
  2. ,
  3. unknown
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  5. Urigam born 2009
  6. ,
  7. unknown born <2000
  8. ,
  9. Pari born ~1980
  10. ,


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Established in 1956, the camp is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park and was used for elephants previously located at Sungam.

This camp for 21 domesticated elephants used in conflicts between man and elephant in the nearby Valparai Plateau.

Only open after permission from the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Tel: 04259-225356), Pollachi.

2009: At present only one breeding female (Selvi aged about 47 years, calved six times) is available in the camp.

2016-06-23: The tranquilised wild elephant, nicknamed ‘Kattayan’ alias ‘Madukkarai Maharaj’, which died at the elephant camp at Varagliyar near Top Slip on Tuesday, two days after it was captured, had suffered multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries while trying to free itself from the kraal, a post-mortem examination has revealed.


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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2020). Varagaliar elephant camp, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=1768. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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